LSU softball senior Amanda Sanchez was selected in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Draft held Monday night. Sanchez was picked fifth overall to the Cleveland Comets.
“Amanda has had such a great career and is so deserving of this,” said head coach Beth Torina. “She is talented enough to play at the next level and it’s a great opportunity for the both of them.
“We are very honored that Amanda was chosen. She works very hard for these opportunities, and to be a part of the NPF, that has such a rich tradition of excellent softball, is a big honor for them.”
The West Covina, California native continues LSU’s legacy of placing players in the professional ranks which includes Tigers Allie Walljasper, Carley Hoover, Sahvanna Jaquish, Bailey Landry, A.J. Andrews, Bianka Bell, Rachele Fico and Brittany Mack Oakes.
The third baseman came to the Tigers last summer, transferring after graduating from Missouri. Sanchez has made an immediate impact for the Tigers this season as she leads the team and is second in the league in batting average with a .450 mark.
She owns 15 doubles, seven home runs, 49 RBI and has walked 30 times this season. Her on-base percentage of .603 is third in the nation and second among the league.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue playing the game I love so much,” said Sanchez. “I’m excited to see what this next chapter has in store. It is an honor to be a part of the few who get to play in this league. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my softball career.”
The Tigers head to Fayetteville this weekend for a three-game SEC series against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bogle Park. The game on Friday will be at 6 p.m. CT and will stream live on SECN+.
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2019 National Pro Fastpitch Draft
Pick, Player, Pos., School, Team
1, Kelly Barnhill, RHP, Florida, Chicago Bandits
2, Amanda Lorenz, UTL, Florida, USSSA Pride
3, Sydney Romero, INF, Oklahoma, USSSA Pride
4, Alyssa DiCarlo, INF, Georgia, Chicago Bandits
5, Amanda Sanchez, INF, LSU, Cleveland Comets
6, Taylor McQuillin, LHP, Arizona, Cleveland Comets
7, Kendall Veach, INF, Auburn, Beijing Shougang Eagles
8, Taran Alvelo, RHP, Washington, Aussie Peppers
9, Caleigh Clifton, INF, Oklahoma, Chicago Bandits
10, Megan Good, RHP, James Madison, USSSA Pride
11, Meghan King, RHP, Florida State, Cleveland Comets
12, Casey McCracking, INF, Auburn, Beijing Shougang Eagles
13, Nicole Newman, RHP, Drake, Aussie Peppers
14, Abby Cheek, UTL, Kentucky, Chicago Bandits
15, Lilli Piper, INF, Ohio State, Cleveland Comets
16, Emily Clark, INF, Ohio State, Cleveland Comets
17, Morgan Podany, OF, Auburn, Beijing Shougang Eagles
18, Riley Sartain, INF, Texas A&M, Aussie Peppers
19, Katie Reed, INF, Kentucky, Chicago Bandits
20, Shay Knighten, INF, Oklahoma, USSS Pride
21, Tara Trainer, RHP, Indiana, Aussie Peppers
22, Bree Fornis, OF, Auburn, Beijing Shougang Eagles
23, Mikayla Martin, RHP, Auburn, Cleveland Comets
24, Savannah Heebner, RHP/UTL, Houston, Chicago Bandits
25, Keeli Milligan, OF, ULL, USSSA Pride
(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)